Neighbors remember victims of Haltom City shooting – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Friends remembered a woman killed in a shooting spree on Saturday as someone with an infectious and cheerful spirit.

Amber Tsai, 32, was killed at her Haltom City home on Saturday when Edward Freyman, 28, fired hundreds of shots from a rifle, according to police.

The shooting also killed 33-year-old Collin Davis in the driveway of the house on the 5700 block of Diamond Oaks Drive and injured a woman in her 60s who lived in a house across the street.

Haltom City Police say the victim managed to call 911 after being shot to warn dispatchers what to expect when officers arrived.

Video captured by a ring camera next door showed three officers being ambushed by the gunman as they approached Davis in the driveway, who was shot near his motorcycle.

Corporal Zach Tabler and Officers Tim Barton and Jose Avila were all injured. Barton was treated and discharged while Tabler and Avila remain hospitalized late Sunday.

Police say the shooter then fled on foot through the backyard. Another ring camera caught Freyman walking on Golden Oaks Drive, holding a rifle with a handgun at his side. Investigators say he took his own life moments later in the front yard of another home.

Neighbors on Monday handed out blue ribbons that quickly went up tree trunks along the quiet street of tree-lined ranch-style homes on large lots in the community of nearly 60,000 people east of Fort Worth.

A neighbor who gave only his first name, Austin, who lives directly across the street from Tsai, described his neighbor as a “cute young person.”

“We’ve had a little contact with Amber over the past few months,” he said.

Haltom City Police Chief Cody Phillips said Sunday all three knew each other but did not disclose the nature of the relationship.

Friends took to social media to remember Tsai on Monday, sharing their thoughts on both Facebook and a GoFundMe page.

“I can’t find the words you deserve. I can say I love you and how much I will miss you,” Amanda Cree posted on Facebook. “You will always be an infectiously cheerful spirit. Your charisma, outgoingness, courage and eagerness to make everyone around you feel safe, welcome and included.”

A growing, neighbor-run memorial outside their home helped honor Amber Tsai and Collin Davis, as well as three injured officers. Neighbors say her sudden absence has been felt deeply, a feeling that won’t wear off anytime soon.

“I know we’re safe now, but it’s just a really scary feeling that I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” Austin said.


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